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Where I am a cheap date or Sofra fits the bill for a Tuesday dinner (and breakfast the next day)

I just decided that I am vain…about my blog. I am writing this post about dinner last night – even before I have taken any photos – because that ugly double down is the first thing you see when you pull up my site.

So, dinner. A rare (really rare) dinner out with my husband (during the week! without the kids!) and I wanted…a fancy candlelit dinner? Wine? Table service?  Nope. I wanted… Sofra. I am all about the food. Fresh, beautifully prepared food. Fancy does not factor – well, sometimes it is nice but this is what I craved.  Sofra is open until 7  p.m. and we  made it there from our house in just 15 minutes (the ride may have seemed longer to my husband as I was starving and maybe more than once might have mentioned it).  I have been wanting to go back since my like-minded foodie friend brought me here. I may have mentioned that to him once or twice, too…grin.

So even though we got there around 6:30, fairly close to closing time, the staff was unfailingly polite and lovely. We didn’t feel rushed (any sense of urgency was self-imposed) and had a delicious chicken schwarma and a wonderful stuffed flatbread and a gorgeous salad platter with extra bread  – always opt for the extra bread!   Their herbal iced tea was sweet and light and refreshing (I need no caffeine at this hour – old, so old!  – but rarely like an herbal iced tea when out) but this was perfect.  We sat at a copper topped table and shared everything and talked. It was really relaxing and exactly right for a Tuesday night in the ‘burbs.

Dessert is never an afterthought – for me, anyway.  I peeked past a stunning crumb cake and saw…three earthquake cookies left! I asked for all the remaining and was told there were more! I only got four, one for me after dinner, one each for the children and one more for me sometime tomorrow?  I had to compare them to the Chocolate Cinnamon cookies that I just made….these are different (more cake-like, brownie-ish) and so so good.

I also picked up some of their perfect hummus and the pale pale eggs of slightly different colors (I think of these as Martha Stewart eggs because that’s where I first learned that eggs could be so gorgeous). The eggs will be a later breakfast, I got a lemon poppyseed cake to have with my tea this morning. Maybe that is why I am up so early.
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Rewards for Mom or Brownies for me – Dried fruit for you

This was first posted as a page reminder to write about the reward system I rigged up for myself when my little one were, well, little. I was soooo tired and really needed energy and an evil friend gave me a delicious and easy brownie recipe and also instructions to freeze them but first cut them into small squares – I think this was portion control on her part but it just made it really easy for me to have – oh, I don’t know, 40 or 50 a day? It went something like this: “Did you (Capability Mom)  just straighten that dish towel?  Good for you…have a brownie” or “Look at you (again, me) , walking by the freezer…time for a brownie reward”. When the children asked what I was eating, I said “Prunes”. Now they ask to smell my breath…for chocolate.

Ingredients:

2 sticks butter

1 12-oz. bag semisweet chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups sugar

4 large eggs

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons vanilla

dash salt

Preheat oven to 300°. Grease a 9 x 13 pan. Melt butter and chocolate chips together in the microwave and add remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 45 minutes. Cut when still hot into small squares, but then let them cool for a few minutes before taking them out of the pan. Then you freeze some of them. You will probably eat a few of them still warm, not that I would…

From Verbatim blog

Spring Fling sprung even on such a cold, gray day with a lovely thank you lunch

volunteers with pre-auction baskets for newton Free Library Spring Fling fundraiserWe gathered at lovely artist friend’s home (so, so, so beautiful that it defies description except to say it is a perfect, perfect house) today to lunch and chat about the Spring Fling. I was (characteristically) late but (uncharacteristically) really late…on the upside, my hair looked really, really good (it only looks this nice when I have been to the salon and that was way past due).  So although I missed most of the lunch due to Boston streets tied up with pre-Marathon traffic, my lovely friend made me up a plate and I caught a few  minutes of the dessert and got the recipe for the chicken and wild rice that was incredible and just right for a raw, gray day. The fundraiser was a great success – we are sending out thank you notes – and it is put together by a few very trusty library employees, the Trustees of the Library and the sweetest volunteer committee ever.

Thank you to all who attended, helped and donated. It was a lot of fun and I am looking forward to working with this lovely group of women again next year.

Ultimate Blog Party 2010 – 5 Minutes For Mom

Ultimate Blog Party 2010 – 5 Minutes For Mom.

This is a great site that connects Moms -and they are having a blog party – with giveaways – a great idea!

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